Our Work: Diaspora-Led Research Seminar in Chennai, India


DHN, along with Sri Ramachandra University  (SRU) recently organized a two-day research seminar and workshop for postgraduate medical and dental students in the city of Chennai, India on the 18th and 19th of August 2015. 

The two-day seminar was focused on introducing young physicians early in training to the basics of biomedical research. Dr. Varshini Varadaraj and Dr. Neeraja Nagarajan, both alumni of SRU and currently postdoctoral fellows at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, conducted the seminar. Dr. Sunil Solomon (SRU and Johns Hopkins alumnus and currently Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins) and Dr. Eric Schneider (faculty at the Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital) attended the seminar.  The Dean of Research at SRU, the Dean of Faculties and other prominent faculty members, inaugurated the event. 

A total of 62 students participated in the seminar, with a mix of clinical and basic science postgraduate medical/dental students (resident physicians), as well as students pursuing a dual MD-PhD. The seminar consisted of talks on important areas of research, video presentations from faculty at Johns Hopkins, panel discussions with faculty from SRU and guest speakers, as well as a hands-on workshop where the students worked in teams to formulate a research question and present a proposal. 

A pre and post-seminar survey was conducted to assess the impact of the seminar as well as identify areas to concentrate on for further seminars. DHN will be conducting follow-up seminars and workshops in SRU and other medical institutions in India, Nepal and other countries to help develop local research capacity.